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January 18, 2020

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: Exodus 1-3
Audio: Exodus 1-3

Psalm 38 (ESV)

A Psalm of David, for the memorial offering.

Lord, rebuke me not in your anger,
    nor discipline me in your wrath!
For your arrows have sunk into me,
    and your hand has come down on me.

There is no soundness in my flesh
    because of your indignation;
there is no health in my bones
    because of my sin.
For my iniquities have gone over my head;
    like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.

My wounds stink and fester
    because of my foolishness,
I am utterly bowed down and prostrate;
    all the day I go about mourning.
For my sides are filled with burning,
    and there is no soundness in my flesh.
I am feeble and crushed;
    I groan because of the tumult of my heart.

O Lord, all my longing is before you;
    my sighing is not hidden from you.
10 My heart throbs; my strength fails me,
    and the light of my eyes—it also has gone from me.
11 My friends and companions stand aloof from my plague,
    and my nearest kin stand far off.

12 Those who seek my life lay their snares;
    those who seek my hurt speak of ruin
    and meditate treachery all day long.

13 But I am like a deaf man; I do not hear,
    like a mute man who does not open his mouth.
14 I have become like a man who does not hear,
    and in whose mouth are no rebukes.

15 But for you, O Lord, do I wait;
    it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.
16 For I said, “Only let them not rejoice over me,
    who boast against me when my foot slips!”

17 For I am ready to fall,
    and my pain is ever before me.
18 I confess my iniquity;
    I am sorry for my sin.
19 But my foes are vigorous, they are mighty,
    and many are those who hate me wrongfully.
20 Those who render me evil for good
    accuse me because I follow after good.

21 Do not forsake me, O Lord!
    O my God, be not far from me!
22 Make haste to help me,
    O Lord, my salvation!

English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. I confess my iniquity;
        I am sorry for my sin (Psalm 38:18)

    Confession of and Sorrow for Sin

    David's lament in this psalm is very similar to Job's lament when he was suffering great torment both spiritually, physically and emotionally. But unlike Job, who did not believe his anguish was due to sin (and Scripture validates this), David recognizes his sin and confesses it to God and has great sorrow for it. 

    This should be our posture before God continually – not that we should focus on our sin and shortcomings but we should be aware of our sin, acknowledge it before God and in sorrow turn from it. 

    As followers of Christ, our sins may be forgiven, and we may be spared the wrath of God because of them, but sin is never completely eradicated in us this side of heaven. No matter how mature we become or devoted to God we are, it's impossible to achieve absolute moral perfection in this life. 

    But the reality that we all fall short or the glory of God should cause us to have a deeper devotion to Jesus Christ and help us have a consistent commitment to God to be holy and pursue righteousness with all of our vigor.

    If we truly love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, we will become more like Christ. We will also be less like we were before Christ as we live out our faith in confession, godly sorrow and repentance. 

    "For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death" (2 Corinthians 7:10).

    ~ Puritan Prayer ~

    "Fighting the Good Fight" by Robert Hawker

    "Lord, be our hiding place, so that you are all we need, like 'rivers of water in a dry place, and as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.'

    Oh for a word, a whisper of Jesus. I cannot live without it. I dare not let you go, unless you bless us. None of all the past enjoyments or experiences will do us any good, until you again shine in upon my soul. Come then, Lord Jesus! I fly to you as my God, my Savior, my portion, my all!

    I see my daily, hourly, continual need of you. You are our hope and Savior! Keep me, Lord, near you, for without you I am nothing.

    Precious Jesus, help me to see my clear part in you, from my union with you. And dear Lord, make me so strong in your strength, that during the whole period of my present warfare, I may be 'terrible as an army with banners' to all who would oppose my way to you, and in you.

    Yes, Lord! Let sin, and Satan, and the world, be united against me; yet do you put on me the whole armor of God, that I may 'fight the good fight of faith, lay hold of eternal life, and be made more than conqueror through him who loves me.' Amen!"

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans)

  2. I love how David does not once express hopelessness, but at the end of the psalm, he has hope because of God's faithfulness. Rather than expressing hope in himself and his own resources ("I'll turn this around! I'll just stop sinning in this way and everything will be fine!"), he knows he has ultimately and especially sinned against God, and there is more to this than just putting some besetting sin to death. He cries out to God:

    "But for you, O Lord, do I wait;
        it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer."

    I pray to have a heart like David's, and to have sorrow and grief over my sin, to confess it and repent of it as God reveals it to me through His word and the conviction of the Holy Spirit. I pray I would not ever continue in known sin and take God's grace for granted. 

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